That alluring, fleeting, and familiar moment of sunset, when the sun seems to touch the horizon and dissolve into the west, when a soft light bathes one’s surroundings with gentle hues, was the subject of the abstracted landscape paintings on wood and wall-mounted mixed-media objects in Felipe Cohen’s exhibition “Ocidente” (West). This was a show of subtleties and nuances in artworks whose subject matter could be seen as mundane––a far cry from the overcharged and imposing aesthetics and subjects that define much of contemporary art today.
Despite an overall sense of receptive calm and familiarity, the individual works conveyed the tension of opposing forces and concepts. On view were fifteen paintings from the series “Luz Partida” (Split Light, all works 2016), made from several three-dimensional right-triangular wood pieces, their surfaces painted with layers of acrylic so sheer
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